Tuesday, February 27, 2007

When Celebrities get involved in Politics (2 of 2)

>> Continued in Celebrities and Politics Part 1

Though celebrities have always injected themselves into politics, they have been particularly prominent coming into Bush' 2nd term as President. Famously celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Ben Affleck and Sean Penn campaigned for John Kerry. Infamously the Dixie Chicks became a symbol of how speaking out politically may have a cost professionally. The popular refrain from detractors and pundits was 'Shut Up and Sing'. APF pundit Laura Ingraham wrote a book covering this very topic "Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America".

Its indisputable that Hollywood is generally more liberal. The majority of the APF Blue Team have come from the entertainment world, most starting their careers as comedians. That is not to say that there haven't been prominent celebrities representing the Right. In fact it is a former Hollywood star, Ronald Reagan who many republicans constantly cite as the standard bearer of their conservative values. Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh will often use the term 'Reagan Conservative' as the descriptor for what they look for in their representatives. Currently the most prominent entertainer turned politician serving is action mega star Arnold Swarchenegger, Republican Governor of California.

Update: Fred Thompson, former Senator of Tennessee and actor seen in shows like 'Law and Order' has been gaining momentum amongst conservatives as a possible presidential candidate. View his interview on Fox News here.

Below are few links to celebrities as featured by pundits:

>> Sylvester Stallone who President George W Bush considers one of his favourite actors is interviewed by Rush Limbaugh. Sly was promoting his Final Rocky movie discussing topics ranging from Christianity and redemption. Mark Levin is critical of Sylvester's comments on America whilst promoting Rocky overseas. >> Clint Eastwood is being questioned by Neil Cavuto on his films and the theme of war. >> Mark Levin and Sean Hannity do a run-in and tag team Alec Baldwin with a prank call. >> Michelle Malkin marks out to Patriotic Celebrities. >> Sean Hannity labels Sean Penn as "Enemy of the State" >> Bill Maher is arguably the only APF member to engage with celebrities in serious political discussion alongside professional pundits, see episodes here. >> Stephen Colbert is in the belly of the beast, calls out Hollywood. >> Bill O'Reilly weighs in on popular culture. George Clooney challenges Bill O'Reilly.

>> Whilst other pundits may interview, feature or criticize other celebrities to my knowledge only Sean Hannity has requested that a celebrity fill in for him. This leads to my favorite Celebrity/Pundit connection- Chuck Norris (also one of The President's favorite actors) being tagged in by Sean to take over hosting duties on Hannity and Colmes.

VIDEO: Actor Chuck Norris fills in for Sean Hannity

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